On this page you can find out a bit more about what we collect and share on the Raíces Digital Archive, the history of the project, our digital archive advisory board, and ways to navigate the collection.
What is in the Archive
Raíces Cultural Center wants to make available its multimedia cultural resources to the community via this digital archive. Through this searchable portal, those interested can access digital exhibits, topical collections, multimedia items and information related to the organization's mission of preserving cultural roots through the arts, history and ecology.
Raíces Cultural Center was founded in 2008 with a focus on the preservation of folkloric Caribbean arts and cultural traditions. This includes a diversity of backgrounds and the melding together of Indigenous, African, European, and Asian cultures. In the ten years that Raíces has been in existence as an organization we have expanded our mission and cultural exchange initiative to include building cultural bridges and culture sharing to document the rich diversity of backgrounds that have come together in the diaspora and the evolution and history of culture in our home state of New Jersey. We have begun collaborations with other NJ culture bearers and cultural groups and organizations to create exhibits, documenting and sharing their cultural work, history and traditions through photos, videos, writing and oral history.
In addition to these multimedia resources, the Raíces Digital Archive also makes accessible resources related to its programs and activities, thereby documenting the Center's rich visual, artistic and culturally rooted history, and creating an additional educational tool for participants in local cultural programs offered by Raíces.
Any culture bearer, group or organization in and around our community is invited to collaborate, please get in contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raíces Digital Archive Advisory Board
Dr. Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan teaches public and US history at Rutgers University New Brunswick, where she coordinates the undergraduate public history program. She holds a PhD in US History from the University of Leicester and an MA in Modern History from Queens University Belfast. O’Brassill-Kulfan is a SHEAR fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania for 2017-18, and has previously worked as an archivist and research analyst for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, and with museums, archives, and libraries in the US and the UK curating exhibits, managing archival collections, and creating inclusive public programming. She is currently completing a manuscript titled Illicit Mobility: Vagrancy, Poverty, and Movement in the Early American Republic, forthcoming from New York University Press.
Miraida, who is the original creator of our online archive interface, has agreed to become a member of the new Raíces Digital Archive Advisory Board. We couldn’t be more excited to work with her again! Miraida is a Ph.D. Candidate in Library and Information Science at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and has a MLIS degree with a certificate in digital library technology, also from Rutgers University. As a taxonomist before pursuing the Ph.D., Miraida used her expertise in classification, taxonomy development, and data management to develop the navigational taxonomy for an eCommerce website and to design the software tool to manage that taxonomy. Prior to the MLIS, Miraida worked in trade book publishing for 8 years. During her time in the book industry, she managed export sales for a number of international regions including Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Miraida also has a M.A. in French Studies from NYU and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the same.
Ways to Navigate the Collection
More about how to navigate the Raíces Roots Online Digital Archive coming soon!
Grant funding has been provided by
The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Through a grant provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission,
a Division of the Department of State